Saturday 6 November 2021



I was thinking this morning..... it's almost 18 years since I walked out of the SPDC sprawling residential estate turned office complex at Edjeba, Warri. The complex back then was a bustling facility, with well kept lawns, buildings well maintained and communication board up to date. Due to security challenges, the Company had relocated from Warri in 2013. A move many youths and deltans thought was impossible because of the sheer size of their assets. Eight years later, the rest is history.

Last week I visited Warri and lodged in a section of the estate now being used guesthouses by its new owner. As I took a walk around the balkanized estate, I was nostalgic about the good old days but was disappointed to see that things were falling apart in some sections. It came to a head for me when I saw the Safety Performance Board that was once an indicator of the health of the company, showing 'As At 2007.'

As I drove past what used to be the SPDC Main Office, the best office complex in Warri in the 90s, I observed it's been abandoned and overtaken by grasses. Who would've thought that the glorious SPDC main complexes could become shadows of themselves with time? Time humbles and sometimes crumbles. But wait a minute. Why do some rich and powerful today behave like they own the world? Why are some behaving like they live outside of time? If you are proud but can think on this, you should take dressing and lower your shoulder. It doesn't matter how beautiful, elegant and sprightly someone is today, it is a matter of time before he or she becomes old, weak, bent over and wrinkled. Time humbles, tumbles and sometimes crumbles people.

I saw this quote whose author I do not know that nicely caps my thoughts. It says 'As our days are thinning, our strength withering, our beauty fading, our texture wrinkling, our hair greying, our appetite waning, our sight diminishing, our world tempting, our graves waiting, our sins heaping, let’s PAUSE, REFLECT and GET CLOSER to the creator.' 1st John 2:17 says 'The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.'

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey

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